The Other Boleyn Girl fits into the historical fiction genre. The reader is immersed in England of the 1500s. The story focuses on people who really existed and events that actually happened.
It is based on the lives of two sisters from the Boleyn family. Mary is 12, and already married to a man named William Carey when the book starts. Her slightly older sister, Anne, is just returning from France, where she was part of the French King’s Court. Both girls, and their older brother George, are going to be part of the English King Henry’s Court.